Walsall Council is a large organisation, responsible for providing or commissioning hundreds of public services, with a gross budget of just under £664 million and capital programme of just under £39 million.
As well as providing a full range of statutory public services, the council, along with a range of local organisations and agencies works to improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of the area, while safeguarding the prospects of future generations.
Each year the council carries out extensive research and consultation to identify the key issues most important to local people and some recent key achievements include:
- Keeping vulnerable people safe by improving safeguarding procedures and equipment designed to ensure that people are safe in their own homes.
- Safety in the home schemes including “bogus caller” alarms which help everyone to feel safer within their own home.
- Launching a customer service mobile “First Stop Express” which provides access to advice and information at a more local level.
- Contributing to the ‘Leaps and Bounds’ project for 200 of Walsall’s looked after and at risk young people, culminating in a series of performances at Birmingham Hippodrome
- The Anti Social Behaviour Unit has, through the use of a multi agency approach, dealt with in excess of 600 reported cases.
- Creating Wider Opportunities music programmes in 41 Walsall schools, surpassing the national target of 30%.
- The Greenspace Improvement Team retained the Green Flag award at Palfrey Park and also attained Green Flag status for Willenhall Memorial Park
- Walsall Partnership increased the strength of partnership and collaboration across organisations and agencies working in Walsall.
- The Community Development Team, working in partnership with the Greenspaces Team, submitted a successful application for £713,000 to the BIG Lottery for new and innovative ways of engaging children and young people in play.
The performance of individual services and the council as a whole is assessed by various inspectorate bodies on behalf of central government and more details about our performance can be found on the Audit Commission's one place website.
This page was last updated on 22 October 2013